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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1111385 Scott Britton

    Number 7 is a point that I think is particularly interesting for young people to understand.

    In startups (my industry) the term fail fast, fail often has been widely popularized. The idea is that the faster we know something doesn’t work, the quicker we can iterate to find something that does and focus on building that.

    I think this is a powerful framework to apply to our careers. The faster we can get to a career that we’re passionate about, the earlier we can begin building it into something great. If the only way to uncover this state is to try things, then there is no reason to hesitate jumping if we’re not happy about the position we’re currently in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1410150 Margot Dempsey

    some really good points in this article about job-hopping.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=271703022904314 Careerleaf

    Thank you for this article, Rebecca! Job seekers are prefaced on the idea that job hopping could ruin their career. This certainly isn’t always the case. There are many great points in this article, but the ones related to learning more about your career path and expanding your network are the most important. Job seekers should not stay where they are dissatisfied. This doesn’t mean running off on your first bad day, but it does mean securing another job in due time. Search for what you are most passionate about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=783632572 Barbara Saunders

    Regarding impressing HR people: Even where HR professionals have preferences, those preferences vary – as does the definition of “job hopping.” I’ve worked in HR at a company where hiring managers and HR looked askance at people who’d spent 5 or 10 years in the same job. I’ve worked at other places where some employees has 20 year tenures, and people worried that job applicants with 3-4 years in their previous job were “unstable.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1361997890 Mike Klein

    In the past several years, I’ve had few recruiters or hiring managers notice favorably my long time in service for my first employer. What impresses them more are the series of companies and positions I’ve held since. IMO, these days, you’ve got a more impressive resume with a list of good companies and job titles on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001751992335 Christopher Costa

    Scott, I agree with you 100%. Though, I think one can still explore other options without leaving their current job. We can volunteer, (as the article mentioned) network with the people that are where you want to be (who knows maybe they can bring you along for a ride), part time work is always a plus for most owners/management (no benefits payout). I do think following your dreams is key, especially when a lot of us haven’t had the opportunity to explore much and find out what our real aspirations are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1421171619 Gwend Gregory

    Great article. I am not gen x. However this baby boomer agrees Gee

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=36816754 Matthew Carpenter-Arevalo

    The one thing you have to worry about is less time and more ‘accomplishments.’ At a certain point in your career people are less interested in the tasks you’ve done and more interested in the accomplishments you’ve accumulated. Switching too often can make your accomplishments look weak.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1437607870 Andre Mboule

    Reason no. 2 may suggest that job interviews are useless because they will never reflect the candidate’s talent and suitability to the post! I confirm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002541150265 Mina Grace Drake

    Great article and a lot of good insights in the comments. I believe when it comes to ‘job hopping’, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Each organization is ultimately a subculture and some cultures can easily appreciate the diverse skill set and varied accomplishments job hopping provides. Other organizations I will generalize as ‘old school’ may see the applicant as scattered. I believe in today’s job market, seekers are paying more attention to a company’s culture so if the organization doesn’t recognize the value of your work history, it may be a sign that it is not the place for you.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001121325846 Marc Collins

    Great article, though depending on where you go job hopping is looked upon as a negative. However, in today’s economy where the great job of today can be located abroad the next, casting the widest net and pursuing a career in line with your goals and aspirations is ultimately the best strategy.

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  • Ryan

    HR personnel isn’t exactly out in the trenches with people looking for jobs to survive. So many recruiters job hop anyways, that’s like the pot calling the kettle black.

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